Ash Barty Retirement Makes Swiatek 2022 French Open Favorite

| March 24, 2022 7:33 am PDT

WTA No.1 Ashleigh Barty has decided to retire from professional tennis at the age of 25. The announcement comes just two months after she won the Australian Open, adding the third Grand Slam title to her collection.

In addition to the three majors, the Aussie player has also won a number of other tournaments. In fact, since the start of her professional career in 2011, Brady won a total of 17 titles, winning a total of 273 matches, while losing just 96.

None of those losses happened in 2022. Actually, Barty went 11-0 since the start of the year, dropping just one set along the way – it happened in her first match of 2021.

Starting the year in top gear made her the #1 favorite to win most other events in the remainder of the season. However, with Brady out of the picture, tennis betting sites were forced to adjust their odds on the upcoming WTA tournaments. This includes the prices on the second Grand Slam of the year, the 2022 French Open.

2022 WTA French Open Odds Following Barty News

2022 French Open Women’s Singles Odds Movement
Player Early French Open Odds Odds After Barty’s Retirement
Iga Swiatek +450 +300
Simona Halep +800 +700
Barbora Krejcikova +1200 +1000
Garbine Muguruza +1200 +1200
Naomi Osaka +1400 +1200
Emma Raducanu +1400 +1400
Paula Badosa +1600 +1400
Aryna Sabalenka +1800 +1600
Serena Williams +2000 +1400
Maria Sakkari +2000 +1400

When French Open WTA odds were initially published, Ash Barty and Iga Swiatek shared the role of the favorite. Sportsbooks like Betway and 10Bet were giving +450 on either of them. However, with Barty quitting tennis, odds moved in Swiatek’s favor, making her a +300 favorite.

The 20-year-old Polish player has a good history with the French Open, having won the title two years ago. The 2020 win at Roland Garros remains her only major win. However, now that Barty is out, Swiatek has a great chance to get ahold of her second Grand Slam trophy.

Another incentive for her to do well in France is that a win would cement her place in the #1 spot in the WTA Rankings. The fate had it that following Barty’s retirement, Swiatek will move to the top of the table.

However, there are a couple of players breathing by her neck, including Maria Sakkari and Barbora Krejcikova, both of whom are among the top candidates for the title at the 2022 WTA French Open.

Barty Retirement Also Alters Wimbledon & US Open Odds

Ash Barty is the reigning Wimbledon champion, having won The Championships last year. If she’s not going to try to defend her title, which player is most likely to get ahold of it.

According to MyBookie.ag and other bookmakers, Naomi Osaka is the answer. The sportsbook is giving +600 on the former WTA no.1.

This sportsbook sees Iga Swiatek as the second favorite with the odds of +940. Last year’s finalist, Karolina Pliskova is seen as a potential dark horse at +1700.

When it comes to the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, it’s pretty much the same story. The #1 favorite to win the 2022 US Open is Naomi Osaka, followed by Iga Swiatek, and the rest.

What’s interesting is that even though she didn’t have much success at Flushing Meadows, Barty was seen as the favorite to win this year’s US Open. Before the retirement announcement, the Australian was priced at +500.

Is There a Chance Ashleigh Barty Will Unretire?

Barty’s decision to retire at 25 came as a shock to most people, especially considering that she was sitting in the top position in the WTA Rankings at the time. By doing that she became only the second female player to retire at no.1.  

In an Instagram video (which you can see below), she explained her reasons to retire, citing exhaustion as one of the key factors.

With $23.8 million in career earnings and another couple of millions coming in from brand deals, Brady has nothing to worry about her future. Still, the fact that she’s only 25 and that she’s been in top shape over the last couple of months has made people speculate about a potential unretirement.

Such a thing definitely seems possible, especially knowing that she’s already done it once. It happened in 2014 when she switched from tennis to cricket. After a two-year break, Barty made a comeback, which is when her rise to stardom started – she won 15 of her 17 women’s singles titles in the post-hiatus era.

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